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How to Pack a China Cabinet

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A china cabinet, also known as a break front or hutch, is often one of the most elegant pieces in the home. Made of finished wood and delicate glass, it houses our fragile china, glassware and other treasured possessions. This beautiful piece of furniture is both cumbersome and frail, making it particularly difficult to move. The following guide will instruct you how to effectively pack your china cabinet to ensure its safety during transport and arrival at your new home undamaged and intact.

Take everything out.

Make sure all items are out of the cabinet before attempting to move it. Remove all china and glassware to be packed separately. Leaving anything inside the cabinet can cause it to rattle around and break during transport.

Take out and wrap the shelves.

China cabinets are often lined with fragile glass shelves. Remove all shelves and wrap carefully in packing paper. Then wrap each shelf with protective bubble wrap--avoid using bubble wrap directly on the surface of the glass, as the air bubbles can leave impressions behind. You can then stack the bubble-wrapped shelves together and wrap them in a moving blanket or old quilt. Secure the bundle with packing tape.

Remove and wrap the doors.

Remove the screws that attach the hinges and carefully remove your cabinet’s glass doors. Make sure to keep the screws and other small parts in a plastic bag and attach it to the back or bottom of the cabinet so they don't get lost. Wrap the glass doors in packing paper, and then follow with bubble wrap. You can then either pack the doors in a specialty box or wrap them again in a furniture blanket.

Separate the upper and lower sections of the cabinet.

Many china cabinets are made up of an upper section (with glass doors and shelves to display china) and a lower section (with drawers for other storage). If possible, separate the pieces and wrap them individually for an easier transport.

Wrap the cabinet

Wrap each piece (or the entire cabinet if it is one piece) with furniture blankets. Wrap packing tape around the perimeter and the width of the cabinet to hold them in place. Be sure not to let any tape come in contact with the surface of the wood, or it will destroy the finish. If you have left the doors on the cabinet, you can use large sheets of cardboard to protect them. After wrapping the cabinet with furniture pads and securing with tape, position the sheets of cardboard over the glass parts of the cabinet. Secure it again with more tape.

Don't forget the legs.

Have a helper or two tilt the cabinet for you carefully so that you can secure the furniture blanket around your cabinets' wooden legs with tape. The legs are often the most vulnerable part of your furniture and the most susceptible to damage, so it is imperative that they are protected from nick and scratches as well.

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on February 22, 2013 - Moving Expert
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